and now the after!

Our kitchen remodel took an amazing 38 days from start to finish (that includes weekends!)  This is pretty amazing considering some of the stories I have heard about it taking months and months and because it was a complete gut!

The finished product

This was our first major home renovation project and I learned a lot going through the process.  It was challenging enough to make all of the decisions about one room, I don’t think I could ever build a custom home, because I would not be able to make the decisions about design, lighting, floring, etc. for an entire home.

I wanted a slate floor, but my contractor convinced me this porcelain tile that looked like slate was more durable and easier to care for.  I also wanted Carrara marble and was told it was too difficult to care for with small children, so we went with a white and gray granite (cashmere white.)

We chose white shaker style cabinets.  The one thing I changed my mind on after the installation, was the flat front drawers – I think it is too plain, so we reordered shaker style drawer fronts that will be installed in a few weeks along with the cup pull hardware (which is why the drawers are missing their hardware in the photo.)

I love my white cast iron enamel Kohler apron front “farm sink.”

My contractor also suggested doing the window ledges in granite and I love it!

We choose a simple white subway tile backsplash with a dove gray grout.  I LOVE my new 6 burner 36″  pro- range.  Notice it even has a window with a light!  After cooking on a  cheap electric range for a year, I am so happy to have gas again!

The window seat is already a favorite!  We are planning on having a table made to fit in the eat in space, using the bench as part of the seating.  I wanted a TV in the kitchen, so Patrick bought the biggest one possible for the space.







The wine cabinet sits where a big butcher block and our trash cans were.  Our trash cans are now hidden in the island –  another favorite feature!

Our fridge and microwave are where the old built-in used to be.  We were also able to gain about 16″ of space by moving the wall back, which really made the kitchen feel bigger.  The cabinet on the left is a pantry with pull-outs and under microwave is a little catch-all space.  The DVD and cable box are hidden in the cabinet above the microwave.

The view from when you enter from the mud-room.  I love the school-house pendants we got from Rejuvenation. They are period appropriate to when the house was built in the 30’s.  We painted the walls a light gray called Icicle from Sherwin-Williams.

I hope you enjoyed these pictures, but better yet please come visit it in person!


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Moira
    Oct 01, 2017 @ 23:07:37

    What is the name of the paint color you used?


  2. Bill Stuart
    Aug 08, 2017 @ 22:46:52

    what is the name and brand of your range hood? It is so nice1


  3. VP
    Jun 25, 2014 @ 17:21:44

    The flooring is beautiful! Where was it purchased?


  4. A.P
    Mar 04, 2014 @ 12:35:36

    Love the tile on floor. Where was it purchased?


  5. Jen Dixon
    Jul 12, 2011 @ 12:43:25

    Love it.
    Exactly what I “would have” done in mine! 🙂

    We’ll stop by- hoping to see it a little more “lived in,” ha….


  6. queenofreno
    Jul 10, 2011 @ 23:43:08

    I love the kitchen you did! Did you hire a designer or come up with the plan?


  7. Rebekah
    Jul 10, 2011 @ 17:11:06

    Oh my goodness, Leah, it is stunning!!! LOVE the subway tile, granite countertops, and windowseat :). Congratulations, sweetie – it’s lovely!


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